Author Archives: Gary Sprague

50 isn’t really that old – if you’re a redwood tree.

By | January 10, 2018

I’m now 50 years old. How did this happen? It seems like my 40’s just got started. Honestly, it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was a teenager. But the mirror says something else. Inside, I still feel pretty young. My wife will testify that I’m very immature – she calls me and my… Read More »

A Bomb Cyclone? How about just a nice old blizzard?

By | January 3, 2018

Here’s the first headline I read after getting online this morning: “Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week”. After taking a Valium to slow my panicky heart, I read it again. I realize it is the job of the media to make up headlines with words and… Read More »

A tale of survival – how we made it through 12 hours without electricity

By | November 1, 2017

While we slept on Sunday night, Maine received a storm of biblical proportions. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. But it was bad. Winds over 50 mph, lots and lots of rain. I didn’t sleep much because of all the noise outside. I never sleep well during storms. We woke up with no electricity. Turns out more… Read More »

Remember getting candy apples and popcorn balls on Halloween?

By | October 30, 2017

Halloween is only a day away, so here is a piece I wrote called My Son’s Peanut Allergy Makes Halloween Extra Scary, which was published last week. If you have a child with a food allergy you may feel the same way. Halloween isn’t my favorite time of year. I prefer what’s up ahead –… Read More »

The time I got fired from McDonald’s for cooking pennies on the grill

By | October 27, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken as a teenager. But that was not my first job at a fast food restaurant. No, my career as a fast food chef began at McDonald’s when I was 16 years old. I still think McDonald’s was probably the funnest job… Read More »

1980’s fashion – A boy, his mullet, and his Chess King suit

By | October 23, 2017

With each decade, hairstyles come and go. There have been many, including the duck tail, the afro, the Farrah, and the Rachel. The only one I ever had was that most popular of 80’s hairstyles, the mullet. My hair was very curly. I think, had I been a teenager in the early 1970’s, I could… Read More »

The most important class I took in high school? Typing

By | October 20, 2017

Back in high school, I was led to believe that proficiency in math and science was necessary for a successful life. A bleak future was forecast for those of us who didn’t take chemistry and algebra seriously. So imagine my surprise when I realized that the class which proved to be most important to my future… Read More »

If you could talk to anybody on a park bench for an hour, who would it be?

By | October 18, 2017

Lately there’s been a question going around Facebook and other sites asking “If you could talk to anybody on a park bench for an hour, who would it be?” This is a question that has no right or wrong answer, which of course is my favorite kind of question. It is kind of a silly… Read More »

Watching The Simpsons Movie with my son

By | October 16, 2017

This past weekend I watched The Simpsons Movie with my 11-year-old son, Samuel. This was kind of a big deal for him. We monitor the shows and movies he watches and try to stay away from anything with swearing, violence, nudity, etc. Now that he’s getting older, the nudity and swearing isn’t really as big… Read More »